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Papers on the engagement of computers, 1897 - 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/135

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and other papers regarding the employment of computers. The letters are concerned principally with selecting candidates to take the Observatory's examination, including correspondence with schools, and providing notification of whether candidates have failed or if they have passed and are offered employment. The papers also include some examination results.

(1) Papers concerning the engagement of computers

Draft of a letter to the Headmaster, Greenwich School, 1897.

Draft of a letter sent to individuals, 1897.

Letter to the Headmaster, Roan School, 1897.

Letter to H. Wilson, Boys' Orphanage, 1897.

Letter from the Roan School stating that there are no candidates for the Observatory's examination, 1897.

Letter from the Boys' Orphanage stating that there are no examination candidates, 1897.

List of examination candidates, 1897.

Letter from W. Bartlett, 1897.

Letter from C.W. Jefferies, 1897.

Letter from J.E. Evans, 1897.

Letter from Blackheath Road School regarding J.E. Evans, 1897.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of examination candidates, 1897.

Examination results for 1897.

Letter to G.C. Pulsford engaging Cotton and C.W. Jefferies, 1897.

Letter from C.W. Jefferies accepting employment, 1897.

Letter from Cotton accepting an offer of employment, 1897.

Letter to G.C. Pulsford engaging W. Bartlett, with his letter of acceptance, 1897.

Letter to G.C. Pulsford requesting the names of examination candidates, with his reply giving these names, 1897.

Letter to J.E. Evans offering an examination place, with his letter of acceptance, 1897.

Letter from G. Black asking for an examination place, 1897.

Letter to G. Black asking for his headmaster's report, 1897.

Results for the examination of May 1897.

Letter to G.C. Pulsford engaging Stiles, 1897.

Letter to [G. Black] offering employment, 1897.

Letter to Stiles offering employment, 1897.

Letter from J. Evans accepting an offer of employment, 1897.

Letter to G.C. Pulsford regarding Stiles, with a reply, 1897.

Letter from Stiles accepting an offer of employment, 1897.

Letter from W.H. Hoare requesting examination details, with a reply providing this information, 1897.

Letter to G.C. Pulsford asking for the names of examination candidates, with a reply, 1899.

Letter to Greenwich College and the Roan School regarding examination candidates, 1899.

Copy of a letter sent to Showell, W.H. Hoare, Hopkins, Lashbrook and Harrison regarding the examination, 1899.

Letter from the Roan School stating that there are no examination candidates, 1899.

Letter to Blackheath School requesting the names of examination candidates, 1899.

Letter from W.H. Hoare declining an invitation to take the examination, 1899.

Letter from T.H. Clarke regarding the examination, 1899.

Letter from Mr Harrison regarding T.H. Clarke, 1899.

Letter from Howell requesting an examination place, 1899.

Letter from W.H. Hoare requesting an examination place, 1899.

Letter to W.H. Hoare stating the examination requirements, 1899.

Letter to G.R. Showell regarding his son's place at the examination, 1899.

Letter to T.H. Clarke regarding an examination place, 1899.

Examination results for February 1899.

Letter to T.H. Clarke offering employment, 1899.

Letter to W.H. Hoare offering employment, 1899.

Letter to A.E. Showell expressing regret at his failure in the examination, 1899.

Letter from W.H. Hoare accepting employment, 1899.

Letter from A.E. Showell asking him to take the examination again, 1899.

Letter from T.H. Clarke accepting employment, 1899.

Letter from Miss Hilda Bell enquiring about vacancies on behalf of Charles Ralph, the son of a friend, 1899.

Letter from Miss H. Bell regarding C. Ralph, 1899.

Letter from William Rushbrooke, St Olave's School, Southwark, regarding C. Ralph, 1899.

Letter from W. Rushbrooke regarding C. Ralph, including reference to the certificate recording his matriculation at London University, 1899.

Letter from W.H.M. Christie to W. Rushbrooke, 1899.

Letter to C. Ralph offering employment, with a reply accepting the post, 1899.

Letter to headmasters regarding the examination, 1899.

Letter to Jarrett, J. Pead and Burkley, 1899.

Letter from Greenwich School giving the details of one examination candidate, 1899.

Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1899.

Letter from A.J. Oakley accepting an examination place, 1899.

Letter from the City of London School, 1899.

Letter from J. Pead requesting examination details, 1899.

Letter from C.J. Gurnett requesting details of vacancies, with a reply, 1899.

Letter from C.J. Gurnett accepting an examination place, 1899.

Letter from the Roan School, with a character reference for C.J. Gurnett, 1899.

Letter from the Ordnance College concerning J.W. Hicks, 1899.

Letter from J.W. Hicks asking for examination details, 1899.

Letter of reference for J.W. Hicks from the Board School, Plumstead, 1899.

Letter of reference for J.W. Hicks from the Headmaster, Bloomfield Road Board School, Plumstead, 1899.

Letter to J.W. Hicks offering an examination place, 1899.

Letter to A.J. Oakley giving examination hours, 1899.

Letter from A.E. Showell requesting an examination place, 1899.

Letter from W. Rushbrooke, St Olave's School, stating that there were no examination candidates, 1899.

Letter from H.L. Pead declining to attend an examination, 1899.

Letter from W. Stiffe requesting an examination place, 1899.

Letter to W. Stiffe giving details of the examination, 1899.

Results of the examination of October 1899.

Letters to unsuccessful examination candidates, 1899.

Letter to A.J. Oakley offering employment, with his reply accepting the post, 1899.

Letter to A.J. Oakley giving hours of work, 1899.

Copy of the letter to examination candidates, 1899.

Letter from A. Daniels accepting an examination place, 1899.

Letter from A.E. Showell accepting an examination place, 1899.

Letter from Hicks accepting an examination place, 1899.

Letter from Gurnett accepting an examination place, 1899.

Results of the examination of 9 November 1899.

Letter to Daniels offering employment, 1899.

Letter to J.W. Hicks giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1899.

Letter to A.E. Showell giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1899.

Letter to Gurnett giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1899.

Letter to J.W. Hicks offering employment, 1899.

Letter to A.E. Showell offering employment, 1899.

Letter from J.W. Hicks accepting the offer of employment, 1899.

Letter from A.E. Showell accepting the offer of employment, 1899.

Letter to headmasters requesting the names of examination candidates, 1900.

Letter to various candidates regarding the examination, 1900.

Letter from the Boys' Orphanage stating that there were no examination candidates, 1900.

Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1900.

Letter from A. Coulson accepting an examination place, 1900.

Letter from G. Ince accepting an examination place, 1900.

Letter from the Roan School referring to G. Ince, 1900.

Letter of reference for Staples, 1900.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1900.

Results for the examination of 9 October 1900.

Letter to A. Coulson offering employment, 1900.

Letter to G. Ince giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1900.

Letter to G. Ince offering employment, 1900.

Letter of acceptance from A. Coulson, 1900.

Letter of acceptance from Staples, 1900.

Letter to various examination candidates, 1900.

Letter to headmasters, 1900.

Letters to various examination candidates, 1900.

Letter from G. Largue asking for examination details, 1900.

Results for the examination of 20 December 1900.

Letter offering employment, 1900. The name of the addressee is not given.

Letter giving notification that that the recipient has failed the examination, 1900. The name of the addressee is not given.

Letter of acceptance from Bartlett, 1900.

Letter of acceptance from W.C. Parkinson, 1900.

Letter of acceptance from W. Whittingdale, 1900.

Letter to headmasters, 1901.

Letter to various examination candidates, 1901.

Letter from R.G. Herget, 1901.

Letter from G. Ivereigh requesting the details of the examination, 1901.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School providing a reference for G. Ivereigh, 1901.

Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1901.

Letter of reference for W.J. Perry from Blackheath School, 1901.

Letter from Blackheath School recommending W.J. Perry, 1901.

Letter from Royal Hospital School recommending two names for examination candidates, 1901.

Letter of reference for Ralph G. [Heryet] from Blackheath School, 1901.

Letter from F. Aley declining an offer to attend the examination, 1901.

Letter from W.J. Hooper requesting examination details, with a reply providing this information, 1901.

Letter from H.W. Moore asking for an examination place, 1901.

Letter of reference for H.W. Moore from his school, 1901.

Letter to H.W. Moore offering an examination place, 1901.

Results for the examination of 28 February 1901.

Further sheet of examination results, 1901.

Letter to W.J. Perry offering employment, 1901.

Letter to H.W. Moore offering employment, 1901.

Letter to Cullen offering employment, 1901.

Letter to G. Ivereigh giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1901.

Letter to Kilpatrick giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1901.

Letter to Herget giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1901.

Letter to W.J. Perry confirming hours, 1901.

Letter of acceptance from H.W. Moore, 1901.

Letter from G. Ivereigh stating his desire to sit the examination again, 1901.

Letter from Cullen accepting an offer of employment, 1901.

Letter of acceptance from W.J. Perry, 1901.

Letter to headmasters, 1901.

Letter to various examination candidates, 1901.

Letter from Adams, Chichester, accepting a place, with a letter of reference, 1901.

Letter from Blackheath School giving the name of one examination candidate, 1901.

Letter from E.S. Birkett regarding his son, with a reply, 1901.

Letter from William Leggatt asking for an examination place, 1901.

Letter from the Roan School regarding W. Leggatt, 1901.

Letter from the Royal School regarding two examination candidates, 1901.

Examination results for July 1901.

Unsigned notes on the examination results, 1901.

Letter from E.S. Birkett querying the examination questions, with a reply from the Secretary of the Royal Observatory, 1901.

Letter to E.S. Birkett offering employment, with a letter of acceptance from his father, 1901.

Letter to E.S. Birkett requesting details of the date of commencement of his duties as computer, with his reply providing this information, 1901.

Letter to Adams, S. Daniels and W. Leggatt giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1901.

Letter to Evans and Fowler giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1901.

Letter from Adams requesting a further examination, 1901.

Letter to Adams offering employment, 1901.

Letter from Edmond Talbot regarding Adams's failure, 1901.

Letter of acceptance from Adams, 1901.

Letter from Thomas Dempster, Mauritius, requesting that his son, H.F. Dempster, be permitted to compete for the next computer vacancy, 1901.

Letter to H.F. Dempster offering an examination place, with his letter of acceptance, 1901.

Letter to W. Leggatt and S. Daniels offering examination places, 1901.

Letters to headmasters, 1901.

Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1901.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School concerning S. Daniels, 1901.

Results for the examination of 5 November 1901.

Letter to S. Daniels offering employment, 1901.

Letter to Fowler giving notification that he has failed the examination, 1901.

Letter to Dempster, Evans and Higgitt giving notification that they have failed the examination, 1901.

Letter of acceptance from S. Daniels, 1901.

Letter to Fowler offering employment, with a reply accepting the post, 1901.

Letters to headmasters, 1901.

Letters to Evans and Higgitt, 1901.

Letter from A.E. Higgitt accepting the offer of an examination place, 1901.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School regarding Higgitt, 1902.

Letter from Blackheath School, with two names of examination candidates, 1902.

Letters from four schools and three individuals, 1902.

Letter from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1902.

Examination results for January 1902.

Letter to Evans, Higgitt and Vagg offering employment, 1902.

Letter to headmasters, 1902.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the name of one examination candidate, G. Cody, 1902.

Results for the examination of 13 May 1902.

Letter to G. Cody offering employment, 1902.

Letter to headmasters, 1902.

Letter from Royal Hospital School giving two names of examination candidates, 1902.

Letter from Royal Hospital School giving the name of one examination candidate, 1902.

Examination results for July 1902.

Letter to James and Barrett offering employment, 1902.

Letter from James accepting employment, 1902.

Letter from Barrett accepting employment, 1902.

Letter from F.W. Dyson to Evans asking for the names of examination candidates, 1902.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving two names of examination candidates, 1902.

Letter to the Royal Hospital School giving examination details, 1902.

Letters to Arthur Lyne and Thomas Wheate regarding the examination, 1902.

Letter to headmasters, 1902.

Card from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1902.

Examination results for December 1902.

Letter to Wheate and Lyne offering employment, 1902.

Letter from Wheate accepting employment, 1902.

Letter from Lyne's father stating that his son accepts the offer of employment, 1902.

Letter from the Meteorological Society of Mauritius regarding Mr Giraud as a computer, with a reply offering a supernumerary computership and advice, 1903.

Letter from E.W. Maunder to W.H.M. Christie regarding Mr Giraud, 1903.

Letter from A. Walter of Mauritius stating that Mr Giraud will accept the offer of employment and giving the date of his departure from Mauritius, 1903.

Letter from F.W. Dyson, 1903, stating that Mr Giraud started on 5 August.

Letter from the Crown Agents asking if Giraud started and if any special facilities are required, with a reply from W.H.M. Christie, 1903.

Letter to Evans offering an examination place, 1903.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of two examination candidates, 1903.

Letter to headmasters, 1903.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School stating that two names of examination candidates have already been sent, 1903.

Examination results for March 1903.

Letter to Richards and Sheppard offering employment, 1903.

Letter from Richards accepting the offer of employment, 1903.

Letter from Sheppard accepting the offer of employment, 1903.

Letter to headmasters, 1903.

Card from the Roan School stating that there were no examination candidates, 1903.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School providing the name of one examination candidate, 1903.

Examination results for June 1903.

Letter from Whitney accepting an offer of employment, 1903.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving four names, 1903.

Letter from F.W. Dyson to the Royal Hospital School giving examination details, 1903.

Letter to the Headmaster, Blackheath Road School, giving examination details, 1903.

Letter from the Headmaster, Blackheath Road School, giving the name of one examination candidate, 1903.

Letter from the Royal Hospital School giving the names of three examination candidates, 1903.

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Dates

  • 1897 - 1915

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Extent

1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials

English

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M3

Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:44:03+00:00

Includes index.

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